What to Know About Low- and No-Alcohol Beer

The low- and no-alcohol beer category is a growing trend in Canada and worldwide, providing beer lovers with more choice and convenience to complement their active lifestyles.

For those of you who don’t know, low- and no-alcohol beer in Canada is considered to be 3.5% ABV or less.

We all know that living a healthy lifestyle is important, but enjoying a beer after work shouldn’t get in the way of that.

Which is why we’re here to reassure you that beer can fit into a healthy lifestyle, when adults are healthy and drink in moderation.

As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our ability to brew great beer. And low- and no-alcohol beer is just that. Less alcohol doesn’t mean less flavour. Our brewers, barley farmers, bartenders and restaurateurs work hard every day to produce and sell high quality Canadian beer, low- and no-alcohol brews included.


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Low in alcohol

88% of beer sold is 5% ABV or less

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Low in sugar

4% maximum amount of sugars permitted in beer

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Portion controlled

93% of packaged beer is sold in containers 500 mL or less

Learn more.

To help accelerate growth in the low- and no-alcohol beer category, Canadian brewers are calling on the federal government to recalibrate the federal excise duty rates applicable to beer so they better align with today’s marketplace and brewing technology. You can read more about the industry’s low- and no-alcohol beer proposal here.

Have questions about safe drinking? Check out Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines here.

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